Woman.


Withered I was by the norms of your world,

oppressed, battered and beguiled,

marred by sati my body was, massacred by rape, my soul

anguish, if you say you have experienced?

nay sir, how naïve you have been.

Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.

– Dalai Lama

Happy International Women’s Day to all those women lucky enough to read this and curtsy to those who weren’t ignorant enough to notice that it is an acrostic poem.

©2014. Habiba Danyal

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